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J-Sho
J-Sho
1947 - Cheval Blanc
ONCE IN A LIFETIME -- 1947 CHEVAL BLANC
Mar 12, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

750 ml bottle authenticated by Christie's auction house.  Upon cork removal, cork was dark and aged.  Cork, label, and capsule absolutely authentic.  First pour tasted like it may possibly be oxidized.  Decided to pour through coffee filter into decanter and re-pour.  Wow!  Not oxidized.  Color was similar to tawny port but with more red notes.  Nose was unbelievable with buttered pumpkin bread, fruitcake, slight floral note and a hint of cumin.  The nose was so unbelievable, it was hard to stop smelling and begin tasting.  Tremendous weight especially on midpalate.  Similar to sucking on  a spoon full of honey as it just sat on the palate.  No acid whatsoever with subtle but tremendous complexity.  Could taste the volatile acidity slightly on the hindplalate though my friend did not perceive this as much.  Finish was neverending -- 5 minutes or more.  This bottle was unlike any other wine.  Not classic bordeaux, cali or anything I can think of.  It was just tremendously otherworldly and fabulous.  Two things stuck out.  Absolutely no acid on the palate making it completely mouthcoating and wonderful.  The second was the finish.  I could still perceive it even after starting a new bottle -- it just kept hanging onto the midpalate in a ethereal sort of way.  One other strange thing,  well I expected it to fade in the glass, it continued to only improve with time in the glass despite its age.  We followed with a 2005 Scarecrow and 1999 Lafite.   Both were wonderful but suffered from being tasted after this monumental, ethereal, and transendent bottle of 47 Cheval Blanc.

I get the feeling this was not a perfect bottle of 47 Cheval as most accounts have the wine with a darker, more intense color but it was still a 99 point wine.  It just had something wonderful about it that came through despite any faults in the storage or bottle.  It was awesome and would likely be even better from a magnum. 

Anthony A.
Anthony A.
1996 - Cheval Blanc
Right Bank Star
May 15, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
'96 Cheval Blanc.....decanted for 30 minutes or so and drank over the next 5 hours. Medium dark in the glass. Intially, huge nose of tire and fruit but a bit tight/closed. By the end of the bottle we were getting, tire nose, leather and rasberry that was soft, absolutely delicious and at least a 45 second finish, if not longer. A rather complex bordeaux that literally covered the whole palate. This is an absolutely beautiful elegant boreaux and worthy of a higher score than Parker gave it. A truly memorable experience. 

Sashapasha
Sashapasha
1999 - Cheval Blanc
Aug 31, 2007
1 star 1 star 1 star

I had a glass off this Dark red and purple wine the other day. I would have to say this wine has an ok scent to it with black fruits, mocha. To sweet for my liking but it was smooth. I would say that the body was more full the medium.

Elijah
Elijah
1997 - Cheval Blanc
Thank you Ann!
Aug 31, 2007
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star


WOW! This wine was such a find I wanted to try something new so I ask a friend what she thought I should try she suggested the Cheval Blanc Bordeaux blend 97 I was bit hesitant. But I gave in and I am so glad This wine is very cool and smooth. It has confidence about it that makes you like it from the start. the aromas only complement that confidence with sweet oak , plum, cherry liquor and coconut. It has a medium body and richness to it and a texture that is smooth and pleasing to the pallett.

WynNcheezplz
WynNcheezplz
2002 - Cheval Blanc
Aug 23, 2007
1 star 1 star 1 star

Different this Bordeaux starts outs the same dark red and purple as the 2001. But the aroma is differant it has a smoky, sweet black and red currants, menthol and fig aromas

WynNcheezplz
WynNcheezplz
2001 - Cheval Blanc
Aug 23, 2007
1 star 1 star 1 star

Different this Bordeaux starts outs the same dark red and purple as the 2002. But the aroma is differant it has a smoky, sweet black and red currants, menthol and fig aromas

WynNcheezplz
WynNcheezplz
2001 - Cheval Blanc
Aug 23, 2007
1 star 1 star 1 star

This Bordeaux has a deep red and purple color to WOW what surprise ;-) It is soft. Has aromas of , Black currants, Asian spices, menthol, and cranberries.

WynNcheezplz
WynNcheezplz
1997 - Cheval Blanc
Aug 23, 2007
1 star 1 star 1 star

This Bordeaux is seductive and sexy. It has sweet oak , plum, cherry liquor and coconut  aromas. With a medium body, low acidity and high richness to it. A very nice texture.

Chris
Chris
1998 - Cheval Blanc
Aug 23, 2007
1 star 1 star 1 star

Coloring of dark purple and red. Smells of plum, menthol and black fruits. Texture not very smooth but very balanced and full bodied.

Chris
Chris
1999 - Cheval Blanc
Aug 23, 2007
1 star 1 star 1 star

Ok so this wine has a very dark coloring to it a red with purple and as far as fragrance goes this wine is awesome it is very fragrant and has hints of black fruits, licorice and mocha. YUMM!!! With a sweet, smooth, medium body this Bordeaux is well rounded.

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